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 GELO FRANCISCO




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          At age seven, Gelo got his first professional performance. Because he did get paid, as his family tossed him coins as he danced away to "Saturday Night Fever" during parties. Coming from a family of singers, he was a natural performer, developing his love for music at an early age.

          By the time he was sixteen, he joined church choir after church choir. So when it was time to pick a college course, he took up Nursing. He had fun stabbing his classmates in the arm with a syringe, but only half as much fun as singing.

          He made his way to the U.P. College of Music from which he almost immediately filed a leave of absence since he was recruited by the U.P. Madrigal Singers. Gelo began joining tours in 1991 and travelled extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Canada.

          It was with the group that he got his break as a soloist. It was number that required great vocal technique and prowess and certain pharyngeal contortions. And Gelo was unquestionably the only guy fit for the hit a capella version of"Humanap Ka Ng Pangit" ("Find Someone Ugly'), a composition by rapper-comedian Andrew E. Other solos followed, such as one of the operatic transvestites for the musical satire "Italian Salad". But his claim to fame was in the genius of a composition "The Coconut Nut". He thus became known as the dancing "Buko Man". Who else but he could do the calypso amidst a semi-circle of classical singers. Needless, to say, he cracked them up.

          His charisma made him a well-liked choir conductor, making singing a joyous activity for parishoners, college kids and company employees. His talents established him as a session vocalist, doing live shows and recordings as a back-up singer. And now with III of A Kind, he may be sharing the stage, but he is doing what he loves most, and that is to wear nice clothes. While singing, of course!